Tuesday's election draws lower voters than in 2008 - KOTA Territory News

Tuesday's election draws lower voters than in 2008


Close to 70 percent of registered voters hit the polls Tuesday to cast their ballot; down from 73 percent in the 2008.

Julie Pearson the Pennington County Auditor says more than 44 thousand voters in Pennington County cast their vote in Tuesday's election.

That's close to 70 percent turnout in the county alone; down slightly compared to the last election. But the early votes and absentee ballot numbers were more encouraging.

Pearson says this year about 38 percent of the ballots came from early or absentee votes. That's up from 28 percent in 2008.

"Voter turnout was only a little over 69 percent. We were expecting 75 which would have been right in with 2008. But that's only like 1300 or 1400 voters out there that would have brought our numbers up. So we're really happy and really pleased with the turnout," said Pearson.

Pearson says there were only 24 ballot issues that weren't resolved Tuesday. But they will revisit the issues and make a decision to see if the ballots can be counted.

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